Iran talks to continue both sides see progress

18 Aug 2019

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths There was no word on how quickly the agency hoped to gain access to the site. But with nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers scheduled for May 23 in Baghdad, and the IAEA scheduled to release its latest report card on Iran’s nuclear strivings a few days later, any such visit was unlikely before those two events, even if agreement was reached on an inspection early next week.Nackaerts went into the first set of talks Monday saying the IAEA was looking to visit facilities where it suspected such secret nuclear work was ongoing, and to interview scientists it suspects of involvement and look at relevant documents. All are goals the agency says have been stymied by Iran’s refusal to cooperate.Another diplomat _ who also demanded anonymity because his information was confidential _ said the Iranians were asking for single visits to sites with no right to return, something the agency was opposed to.The Islamic Republic describes allegations of clandestine weapons-related work as fabrications, based on phony evidence from the United States, Israel and their allies, and says its nuclear program is geared only toward producing energy.The IAEA, in a November report, said the tests at Parchin were conducted in 2003 in a metal containment chamber the Iranians covered by erecting a building over it. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Associated PressVIENNA (AP) – U.N. nuclear negotiators seeking to probe Tehran’s nuclear program for signs of secret work on atomic-weapons technology spoke of a good exchange of views Tuesday after talks with Iranian officials, who described the meeting as having made progress.Neither side elaborated on the substance of their talks. But they stood together as they talked to reporters and in another indication that some common ground had been found after more than four years of stalled discussions, both said the talks would resume Monday. How do cataracts affect your vision?center_img A computer-generated drawing provided to the AP by a nation critical of Iran’s nuclear program late last week shows such a structure, with the official who shared the drawing saying it was drawn based on information from someone who saw it.Former IAEA Deputy Director Olli Heinonen says it is similar to a photo he has seen that depicts the chamber, down to the matching colors.The senior diplomat familiar with Tuesday’s discussions in Vienna says Iran has never acknowledged or denied the chamber’s existence.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements ErrorOK ErrorOK International Atomic Energy Agency officials had entered the talks seeking more cooperation from Iran in their attempts to investigate what the agency sees as strong indications that Tehran has conducted research and development on components of a nuclear weapons program _ something Iran strenuously denies.In particular, they were pressing for access to a site at Iran’s Parchin military facility that they suspect was used to test multipoint rapid explosives of the kind needed to set off a nuclear charge. Iran has denied such tests have taken place but has fended off repeated IAEA requests over the past three months for quick access.Those requests have taken on added urgency after agency officials suggested that Tehran was cleaning up the site. Diplomats say the IAEA has seen satellite imagery showing what appear to be streams of water coming out of the building in question and of removal of bags from inside into waiting trucks. Some fear that Iran may even dismantle the explosives containment chamber believed to be inside the suspect building, taking it out in small pieces, if given enough time.Tehran last month said a visit was possible but only after “modalities” were worked out, and diplomats accredited to the IAEA and critical of Iran’s nuclear program have expressed concern that could turn into a drawn-out process that would allow Iran to “sanitize” the site of any signs of the explosives tests. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Chief Iranian delegate Ali Asghar Soltanieh indicated Iran is continuing to insist on a comprehensive plan on what could be visited when. He told reporters the talks resulted in “progress … regarding the preparation of modalities of a framework for resolving our outstanding issues.” He spoke of a “fruitful discussion in a very conducive environment.”IAEA Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts was more circumspect. He said the two sides had talked about “a number of options to take the agency verification process forward in a structured way.”Describing the meeting as focusing on “unclarified issues related to possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program,” Nackaerts said: “We had a good exchange of views.”A senior diplomat who said he was familiar with the discussions said both sides had managed “to close the gap a little” on Parchin. While the Iranians wanted a roadmap on how the visit there should take place, they were no longer insisting on intricately mapping out each step _ an approach the agency rejected in March as unnecessarily delaying access. He demanded anonymity because his information was confidential.last_img read more

first_img 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths There was no word on how quickly the agency hoped to gain access to the site. But with nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers scheduled for May 23 in Baghdad, and the IAEA scheduled to release its latest report card on Iran’s nuclear strivings a few days later, any such visit was unlikely before those two events, even if agreement was reached on an inspection early next week.Nackaerts went into the first set of talks Monday saying the IAEA was looking to visit facilities where it suspected such secret nuclear work was ongoing, and to interview scientists it suspects of involvement and look at relevant documents. All are goals the agency says have been stymied by Iran’s refusal to cooperate.Another diplomat _ who also demanded anonymity because his information was confidential _ said the Iranians were asking for single visits to sites with no right to return, something the agency was opposed to.The Islamic Republic describes allegations of clandestine weapons-related work as fabrications, based on phony evidence from the United States, Israel and their allies, and says its nuclear program is geared only toward producing energy.The IAEA, in a November report, said the tests at Parchin were conducted in 2003 in a metal containment chamber the Iranians covered by erecting a building over it. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Associated PressVIENNA (AP) – U.N. nuclear negotiators seeking to probe Tehran’s nuclear program for signs of secret work on atomic-weapons technology spoke of a good exchange of views Tuesday after talks with Iranian officials, who described the meeting as having made progress.Neither side elaborated on the substance of their talks. But they stood together as they talked to reporters and in another indication that some common ground had been found after more than four years of stalled discussions, both said the talks would resume Monday. How do cataracts affect your vision?center_img A computer-generated drawing provided to the AP by a nation critical of Iran’s nuclear program late last week shows such a structure, with the official who shared the drawing saying it was drawn based on information from someone who saw it.Former IAEA Deputy Director Olli Heinonen says it is similar to a photo he has seen that depicts the chamber, down to the matching colors.The senior diplomat familiar with Tuesday’s discussions in Vienna says Iran has never acknowledged or denied the chamber’s existence.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements ErrorOK ErrorOK International Atomic Energy Agency officials had entered the talks seeking more cooperation from Iran in their attempts to investigate what the agency sees as strong indications that Tehran has conducted research and development on components of a nuclear weapons program _ something Iran strenuously denies.In particular, they were pressing for access to a site at Iran’s Parchin military facility that they suspect was used to test multipoint rapid explosives of the kind needed to set off a nuclear charge. Iran has denied such tests have taken place but has fended off repeated IAEA requests over the past three months for quick access.Those requests have taken on added urgency after agency officials suggested that Tehran was cleaning up the site. Diplomats say the IAEA has seen satellite imagery showing what appear to be streams of water coming out of the building in question and of removal of bags from inside into waiting trucks. Some fear that Iran may even dismantle the explosives containment chamber believed to be inside the suspect building, taking it out in small pieces, if given enough time.Tehran last month said a visit was possible but only after “modalities” were worked out, and diplomats accredited to the IAEA and critical of Iran’s nuclear program have expressed concern that could turn into a drawn-out process that would allow Iran to “sanitize” the site of any signs of the explosives tests. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Chief Iranian delegate Ali Asghar Soltanieh indicated Iran is continuing to insist on a comprehensive plan on what could be visited when. He told reporters the talks resulted in “progress … regarding the preparation of modalities of a framework for resolving our outstanding issues.” He spoke of a “fruitful discussion in a very conducive environment.”IAEA Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts was more circumspect. He said the two sides had talked about “a number of options to take the agency verification process forward in a structured way.”Describing the meeting as focusing on “unclarified issues related to possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program,” Nackaerts said: “We had a good exchange of views.”A senior diplomat who said he was familiar with the discussions said both sides had managed “to close the gap a little” on Parchin. While the Iranians wanted a roadmap on how the visit there should take place, they were no longer insisting on intricately mapping out each step _ an approach the agency rejected in March as unnecessarily delaying access. 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UN sees 127 percent of youth out of work globally

18 Aug 2019

first_img Top holiday drink recipes GENEVA (AP) – The U.N. labor office says it expects 12.7 percent of youth globally to be unemployed in 2012 and the rate to remain “at the same high level” at least four more years.The International Labor Organization says nearly 75 million of those aged 15 to 24 are unemployed worldwide, up more than 4 million from 2007.The Geneva-based U.N. agency said in a report Tuesday that the youth unemployment rate, which stood at 12.6 percent in 2011, has “remained close to its crisis peak in 2009” at the height of the global financial crisis. But the agency says the rate masks another 6.4 million youth who have effectively given up finding work because of the economic woes, and factoring in those youth would push the 2011 rate up to 13.6 percent.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

first_img Top holiday drink recipes GENEVA (AP) – The U.N. labor office says it expects 12.7 percent of youth globally to be unemployed in 2012 and the rate to remain “at the same high level” at least four more years.The International Labor Organization says nearly 75 million of those aged 15 to 24 are unemployed worldwide, up more than 4 million from 2007.The Geneva-based U.N. agency said in a report Tuesday that the youth unemployment rate, which stood at 12.6 percent in 2011, has “remained close to its crisis peak in 2009” at the height of the global financial crisis. But the agency says the rate masks another 6.4 million youth who have effectively given up finding work because of the economic woes, and factoring in those youth would push the 2011 rate up to 13.6 percent.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

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UK Banking software glitch delays payments bills

18 Aug 2019

first_imgThe glitch has affected bail payments for court defendants, and many customers say they are worried about late payments on bills.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img How men can have a healthy 2019 LONDON (AP) – A British banking group says it has almost fully cleared up a weeklong banking glitch which delayed posting credits and debits to millions of customers with its NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland accounts.RBS Group said Tuesday it had successfully updated all but 1 percent of NatWest and RBS account balances overnight, but that has not stopped a flood of criticism over the online banking mess.Much of it was directed at the (at)NatWest Twitter account. Problem is, the owner of the account was not a bank but a 22-year-old teacher, according to British media. Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories last_img read more

first_imgThe glitch has affected bail payments for court defendants, and many customers say they are worried about late payments on bills.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosteronecenter_img How men can have a healthy 2019 LONDON (AP) – A British banking group says it has almost fully cleared up a weeklong banking glitch which delayed posting credits and debits to millions of customers with its NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland accounts.RBS Group said Tuesday it had successfully updated all but 1 percent of NatWest and RBS account balances overnight, but that has not stopped a flood of criticism over the online banking mess.Much of it was directed at the (at)NatWest Twitter account. Problem is, the owner of the account was not a bank but a 22-year-old teacher, according to British media. Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Argentine president stirs fear me politics

18 Aug 2019

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Opponents of Argentina’s president are pouncing on a warning she gave to her government appointees, saying it has no place in a democracy.President Cristina Fernandez said anyone engaged in corruption or doing things badly or behind her back should “fear God and have a little fear of me as well.”Her supporters laughed and applauded at the line, but opponents said Friday that invoking fear this way brings back memories of the 1976-1983 dictatorship. Congressman Ricardo Alfonsin, who came in third against Fernandez in the last election, said all Argentines should reject such comments.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Opponents of Argentina’s president are pouncing on a warning she gave to her government appointees, saying it has no place in a democracy.President Cristina Fernandez said anyone engaged in corruption or doing things badly or behind her back should “fear God and have a little fear of me as well.”Her supporters laughed and applauded at the line, but opponents said Friday that invoking fear this way brings back memories of the 1976-1983 dictatorship. Congressman Ricardo Alfonsin, who came in third against Fernandez in the last election, said all Argentines should reject such comments.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home 5 treatments for adult scoliosislast_img read more

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Newspaper suspensions lifted in Ivory Coast

18 Aug 2019

first_img Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) – Ivory Coast’s press council has lifted suspensions at least temporarily on all six newspapers allied with former President Laurent Gbagbo after the shutdown drew international criticism.The newspapers were suspended last week for publishing photos of officials whom Gbagbo tried to name to his Cabinet after he lost the November 2010 election to current President Alassane Ouattara. The photos listed the officials’ Cabinet positions, which Ouattara voided after Gbagbo was detained in April 2011. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Comments   Share   The U.S. Embassy in Abidjan and Reporters Without Borders swiftly spoke out against the suspensions.Raphael Lakpe, chairman of the National Press Council, said the suspensions were lifted partly at the behest of the country’s truth commission. He added that the suspensions could be reinstated if the papers published further content the council found objectionable.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

first_img Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) – Ivory Coast’s press council has lifted suspensions at least temporarily on all six newspapers allied with former President Laurent Gbagbo after the shutdown drew international criticism.The newspapers were suspended last week for publishing photos of officials whom Gbagbo tried to name to his Cabinet after he lost the November 2010 election to current President Alassane Ouattara. The photos listed the officials’ Cabinet positions, which Ouattara voided after Gbagbo was detained in April 2011. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Comments   Share   The U.S. Embassy in Abidjan and Reporters Without Borders swiftly spoke out against the suspensions.Raphael Lakpe, chairman of the National Press Council, said the suspensions were lifted partly at the behest of the country’s truth commission. He added that the suspensions could be reinstated if the papers published further content the council found objectionable.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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Azerbaijanis jailed for Jewish school murder plot

18 Aug 2019

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Aliyev said in a televised confession that the attack was to be a reprisal against Israel for the assassination of an Iranian nuclear physicist.Ties between Azerbaijan _ which has good relations with Western governments _ and Iran have soured substantially over the past year amid mutual accusations of espionage.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) – Three people have been convicted of plotting to kill teachers at a Jewish school in Azerbaijan.A court in the capital Baku on Thursday found plot ringleader Rasim Aliyev and two other Azerbaijani citizens guilty of plotting the assassination of public officials and gun-smuggling. Aliyev was given a 14-year sentence while the others received 13 and eight years.Investigators said Aliyev was hired to carry out the killings in Baku by an individual linked to security services in neighboring Iran.center_img Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories last_img read more

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Aliyev said in a televised confession that the attack was to be a reprisal against Israel for the assassination of an Iranian nuclear physicist.Ties between Azerbaijan _ which has good relations with Western governments _ and Iran have soured substantially over the past year amid mutual accusations of espionage.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) – Three people have been convicted of plotting to kill teachers at a Jewish school in Azerbaijan.A court in the capital Baku on Thursday found plot ringleader Rasim Aliyev and two other Azerbaijani citizens guilty of plotting the assassination of public officials and gun-smuggling. Aliyev was given a 14-year sentence while the others received 13 and eight years.Investigators said Aliyev was hired to carry out the killings in Baku by an individual linked to security services in neighboring Iran.center_img Comments   Share   Parents, stop beating yourself up 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Chavez wins reelection electoral council says

18 Aug 2019

first_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Sponsored Stories CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuela’s electoral council says President Hugo Chavez has won re-election, defeating challenger Henrique Capriles.National Electoral Council president Tibisay Lucena says that with most votes counted, Chavez had about 54 percent of the vote.It was Chavez’s third re-election victory in nearly 14 years in office. The victory gives Chavez another six-year term to cement his legacy and press more forcefully for a transition to socialism in the country with the world’s largest proven oil reserves. Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories last_img read more

first_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixcenter_img Sponsored Stories CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuela’s electoral council says President Hugo Chavez has won re-election, defeating challenger Henrique Capriles.National Electoral Council president Tibisay Lucena says that with most votes counted, Chavez had about 54 percent of the vote.It was Chavez’s third re-election victory in nearly 14 years in office. The victory gives Chavez another six-year term to cement his legacy and press more forcefully for a transition to socialism in the country with the world’s largest proven oil reserves. Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories last_img read more

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Incumbent declared winner in Montenegro election

18 Aug 2019

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   The tight election results also are a blow to the long-serving governing coalition led by the left-leaning Democratic Party of Socialists, which has been in power for more than two decades. Lekic’s strong election result amounted to the first serious challenge to the ruling party’s grip on power.Lekic, a former diplomat, has had the support of the country’s otherwise divided opposition parties. He has accused the government of widespread corruption and crime and demanded that NATO apologize for the bombing in 1999 of Montenegro, which was part of the Serb-led Yugoslavia at the time.Political analyst Drasko Djuranovic predicted that “we are probably entering a period of tension and crisis during which the opposition will deny the legitimacy of the president and the ruling coalition.”Opposition official Danilovic alleged irregularities in the final hours of voting on Sunday. He said that “we will demand full insight into the election material and full vote count.”International monitors who observed the vote refused Monday to comment on the opposition claims. The monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said that “from a technical standpoint the election was administered in an efficient manner and fundamental rights were mostly respected.” “At the same time, allegations of irregularities and an atmosphere of mistrust in the lead up to the vote had a negative effect,” said Boris Frlec, the mission head._____Jovana Gec contributed from Serbia.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Opposition official Goran Danilovic insisted that the opposition candidate, Miodrag Lekic, won the vote for the influential but ceremonial position.Danilovic told The Associated Press that “our victory is as clear as a day.” He said, “None of us have the right to recognize election fraud.”But the election commission said Vujanovic won 51.21 percent of the votes, compared to 48.29 percent for Lekic.Drazen Medojevic, an opposition representative in the election commission, said Lekic’s camp “has disputed in full the election results and filed a request for a recount in all Montenegrin municipalities.”“We cannot accept the results until we determine all the irregularities,” Medojevic said. They include alleged irregularities with invalid ballots and voting by mail, he said.Vujanovic, who is backed by the government, is seeking his second presidential term since Montenegro gained independence in 2006. The 59-year-old law expert is a close ally of Montenegro’s powerful prime minister, Milo Djukanovic, and a strong advocate of Montenegro’s accession into the European Union and NATO.Montenegro, a nation of more than 600,000 people, is striving to join the European Union and opened entry talks last year. Any political instability in the country could slow the legislative and other reforms often required as a condition for membership in the regional bloc. Quick workouts for men PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) – Incumbent Filip Vujanovic has won Montenegro’s presidential election, despite opposition claims that their candidate was the winner, election authorities said Monday.Opposition members have said they will not recognize Vujanovic’s victory in Sunday’s ballot, even if confirmed by the official election commission. If the opposition does that, it could throw this small Balkan nation into political turmoil and hinder its efforts of joining the EU. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   The tight election results also are a blow to the long-serving governing coalition led by the left-leaning Democratic Party of Socialists, which has been in power for more than two decades. Lekic’s strong election result amounted to the first serious challenge to the ruling party’s grip on power.Lekic, a former diplomat, has had the support of the country’s otherwise divided opposition parties. He has accused the government of widespread corruption and crime and demanded that NATO apologize for the bombing in 1999 of Montenegro, which was part of the Serb-led Yugoslavia at the time.Political analyst Drasko Djuranovic predicted that “we are probably entering a period of tension and crisis during which the opposition will deny the legitimacy of the president and the ruling coalition.”Opposition official Danilovic alleged irregularities in the final hours of voting on Sunday. He said that “we will demand full insight into the election material and full vote count.”International monitors who observed the vote refused Monday to comment on the opposition claims. The monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said that “from a technical standpoint the election was administered in an efficient manner and fundamental rights were mostly respected.” “At the same time, allegations of irregularities and an atmosphere of mistrust in the lead up to the vote had a negative effect,” said Boris Frlec, the mission head._____Jovana Gec contributed from Serbia.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Opposition official Goran Danilovic insisted that the opposition candidate, Miodrag Lekic, won the vote for the influential but ceremonial position.Danilovic told The Associated Press that “our victory is as clear as a day.” He said, “None of us have the right to recognize election fraud.”But the election commission said Vujanovic won 51.21 percent of the votes, compared to 48.29 percent for Lekic.Drazen Medojevic, an opposition representative in the election commission, said Lekic’s camp “has disputed in full the election results and filed a request for a recount in all Montenegrin municipalities.”“We cannot accept the results until we determine all the irregularities,” Medojevic said. They include alleged irregularities with invalid ballots and voting by mail, he said.Vujanovic, who is backed by the government, is seeking his second presidential term since Montenegro gained independence in 2006. The 59-year-old law expert is a close ally of Montenegro’s powerful prime minister, Milo Djukanovic, and a strong advocate of Montenegro’s accession into the European Union and NATO.Montenegro, a nation of more than 600,000 people, is striving to join the European Union and opened entry talks last year. Any political instability in the country could slow the legislative and other reforms often required as a condition for membership in the regional bloc. Quick workouts for men PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) – Incumbent Filip Vujanovic has won Montenegro’s presidential election, despite opposition claims that their candidate was the winner, election authorities said Monday.Opposition members have said they will not recognize Vujanovic’s victory in Sunday’s ballot, even if confirmed by the official election commission. If the opposition does that, it could throw this small Balkan nation into political turmoil and hinder its efforts of joining the EU. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daylast_img read more

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EU seeks to make megabanks less risky

18 Aug 2019

first_img Sponsored Stories The regulation proposes barring the region’s largest banks _ those considered “too big to fail,” whose collapse would threaten the stability of the financial system _ from trading exclusively for their own profit, as opposed to a client’s. So-called proprietary trading has become hugely lucrative for banks, but regulators contend it neither serves clients nor the wider economy.“This legislation deals with the small number of very large banks which otherwise might still be too-big-to-fail, too-costly-to save, too-complex-to-resolve,” said Michel Barnier, the EU Commissioner in charge of financial market reform.“The proposed measures will further strengthen financial stability and ensure taxpayers don’t end up paying for the mistakes of banks,” he added.The regulation would cover the continent’s 30 largest banks, which hold assets worth approximately 23.4 trillion euros ($32 trillion), according to EU Commission figures.The legislation still needs to be approved by EU governments and the European Parliament and is likely to be subject to fierce lobbying over its fine print. It is not expected to take full effect before 2017 _ almost a decade after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 triggered the worst phase of the financial crisis. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union’s executive arm presented a long-awaited financial market reform Wednesday to defuse risk-taking by the largest banks and protect taxpayers from the potential costs of rescuing them.The proposal _ which echoes the United States’ Volcker Rule _ is a key part of the 28-nation bloc’s efforts to overhaul its financial system to avoid a repeat of the crisis that forced governments to bail out banks in 2008 and 2009. The U.S. Volcker Rule is named for Paul Volcker, a former Federal Reserve chairman who advised President Barack Obama during the financial crisis.___Follow Juergen Baetz on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jbaetz 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The difference between men and women when it comes to pain The rules would introduce “a prolonged uncertainty” that will weigh on the lenders’ competitiveness and attractiveness to investors, the European Banking Federation said.Center-left European Parliament lawmakers, in turn, argue the plan does “too little, too late” to curtail excessive risk-taking. They say all trading activities should be completely separated from retail operations.The focus on the few largest banks means letting all small and mid-size banks, who make up the bulk of Europe’s lenders, continue to “gamble with their client’s money,” said center-left caucus leader Hannes Swoboda.Nations like France and Germany have sought to protect their biggest banks like Societe Generale and Deutsche Bank. They pressured the Commission to better isolate risky trading activities, but not force banks into being split in two separate entities, one for speculative trading operations and the other their retail business.Banks in Britain, which is home to Europe’s biggest financial hub, London, won’t have to split off their riskier trading operations into subsidiaries since they already face equally tough national legislation called the Vickers rules, the Commission said. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The reform also aims to give regulators the power to separate banks’ riskier trading activities from their deposit-taking business. The Commission said it had no estimate on how many banks would have to create such subsidiaries, which will require their own capital buffers.European governments have injected about 1.6 trillion euros ($2.2 trillion) into their banks since the beginning of the financial crisis, or the equivalent of about 13 percent of the bloc’s economic output, Barnier said.The proprietary trading, which will be banned with only a few exceptions, represented up to 15 percent of banks’ balance sheets before the financial crisis. It is now down to an estimated 4 percent of balance sheets, or about 940 billion euros, according to the Commission.“There is a risk it will increase again once growth picks up,” Barnier said.One of the big challenges for regulators will be to distinguish proprietary trading, which will be banned, from other banking activities.Europe’s bank lobby group deplored the proposal, saying it might have “far-reaching consequences on banks’ structure, daily business and organization” that could undermine lending and harm Europe’s nascent economic recovery. (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milklast_img read more

first_img Sponsored Stories The regulation proposes barring the region’s largest banks _ those considered “too big to fail,” whose collapse would threaten the stability of the financial system _ from trading exclusively for their own profit, as opposed to a client’s. So-called proprietary trading has become hugely lucrative for banks, but regulators contend it neither serves clients nor the wider economy.“This legislation deals with the small number of very large banks which otherwise might still be too-big-to-fail, too-costly-to save, too-complex-to-resolve,” said Michel Barnier, the EU Commissioner in charge of financial market reform.“The proposed measures will further strengthen financial stability and ensure taxpayers don’t end up paying for the mistakes of banks,” he added.The regulation would cover the continent’s 30 largest banks, which hold assets worth approximately 23.4 trillion euros ($32 trillion), according to EU Commission figures.The legislation still needs to be approved by EU governments and the European Parliament and is likely to be subject to fierce lobbying over its fine print. It is not expected to take full effect before 2017 _ almost a decade after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 triggered the worst phase of the financial crisis. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Union’s executive arm presented a long-awaited financial market reform Wednesday to defuse risk-taking by the largest banks and protect taxpayers from the potential costs of rescuing them.The proposal _ which echoes the United States’ Volcker Rule _ is a key part of the 28-nation bloc’s efforts to overhaul its financial system to avoid a repeat of the crisis that forced governments to bail out banks in 2008 and 2009. The U.S. Volcker Rule is named for Paul Volcker, a former Federal Reserve chairman who advised President Barack Obama during the financial crisis.___Follow Juergen Baetz on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jbaetz 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The difference between men and women when it comes to pain The rules would introduce “a prolonged uncertainty” that will weigh on the lenders’ competitiveness and attractiveness to investors, the European Banking Federation said.Center-left European Parliament lawmakers, in turn, argue the plan does “too little, too late” to curtail excessive risk-taking. They say all trading activities should be completely separated from retail operations.The focus on the few largest banks means letting all small and mid-size banks, who make up the bulk of Europe’s lenders, continue to “gamble with their client’s money,” said center-left caucus leader Hannes Swoboda.Nations like France and Germany have sought to protect their biggest banks like Societe Generale and Deutsche Bank. They pressured the Commission to better isolate risky trading activities, but not force banks into being split in two separate entities, one for speculative trading operations and the other their retail business.Banks in Britain, which is home to Europe’s biggest financial hub, London, won’t have to split off their riskier trading operations into subsidiaries since they already face equally tough national legislation called the Vickers rules, the Commission said. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The reform also aims to give regulators the power to separate banks’ riskier trading activities from their deposit-taking business. The Commission said it had no estimate on how many banks would have to create such subsidiaries, which will require their own capital buffers.European governments have injected about 1.6 trillion euros ($2.2 trillion) into their banks since the beginning of the financial crisis, or the equivalent of about 13 percent of the bloc’s economic output, Barnier said.The proprietary trading, which will be banned with only a few exceptions, represented up to 15 percent of banks’ balance sheets before the financial crisis. It is now down to an estimated 4 percent of balance sheets, or about 940 billion euros, according to the Commission.“There is a risk it will increase again once growth picks up,” Barnier said.One of the big challenges for regulators will be to distinguish proprietary trading, which will be banned, from other banking activities.Europe’s bank lobby group deplored the proposal, saying it might have “far-reaching consequences on banks’ structure, daily business and organization” that could undermine lending and harm Europe’s nascent economic recovery. (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milklast_img read more

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Constitutional questions grow over Japan PMs military plans

18 Aug 2019

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pledge to the U.S. to increase Japan’s military contribution internationally is facing more questions about potential conflicts with the nation’s pacifist Constitution.Opposition lawmakers demanded answers from key Cabinet members at a hearing Wednesday, after three prominent constitution experts — including one chosen by Abe’s ruling party — unanimously told a parliamentary committee last week that legislation allowing Japanese troops to defend foreign militaries would violate the war-renouncing Article 9 of Japan’s postwar constitution. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The development energized the opposition, adding to unease within the ruling party as public opinion polls show both opposition to Abe’s security legislation and confusion about why it’s needed.It also raises questions about how far Japan can expand its military activities under its U.S.-drafted constitution, and whether it should be revised.Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner Komei party still hope to pass the legislation by the end of the summer as Abe has promised to Washington, but they acknowledged that extending the current lawmaking session beyond June 24 is imminent.“Obviously you drafted the legislation by manipulating the constitution to achieve your goals,” Kiyomi Tsujimoto, a member of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, told the lower house committee. She and other opponents demand the legislation be withdrawn, alleging Abe’s Cabinet stretched the interpretation of Article 9 too far to allow Japan’s military’s role beyond its constitutional limits.The Cabinet reinterpreted the constitution last year to allow Japan to defend American troops or allies, outside Japan and its vicinity, a major change to its current policy. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories center_img Comments   Share   The bills would remove geographic restrictions on where the military can operate, while allowing Japan to defend its allies, not just itself. The legislation would also enhance the U.S.-Japan security alliance, but Abe has denied opponents’ fears that it would increase the chance of Japan being drawn into a U.S.-led war. Instead, he said, the legislation would increase deterrence.Defense Secretary Gen Nakatani defended the legislation as constitutional but said the security environment surrounding Japan has changed and its self-defense-only principle is insufficient.Masataka Komura, head of LDP’s national security panel, said reinterpreting the war-renouncing article of the constitution was the only practical way for Japan to maintain peace and stability. He said most experts called Japan’s Self-Defense Force unconstitutional when it was founded 60 years ago. The ruling LDP has long hoped to revise the constitution which it calls U.S.-imposed and outdated, but hurdles are high and lack public support.Abe also focuses on Japan’s possible security contribution to the U.S. in the disputed South China Sea. Nakatani also stressed the need to protect Japanese tankers bringing oil from the Middle East to the resource-poor country. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Critics say what constitutes the right to use “collective self-defense” or when troops could be sent on a peace mission overseas is too vague.At a lower house constitution panel last Thursday, Yasuo Hasebe, one of Japan’s most respected constitution expert at Waseda University invited by Abe’s party, says the legislation deviates from past government positions and requires a formal revision of the constitution. Two other experts invited by the opposition said officials’ portrayal of new missions as risk-free, non-combative activity was misleading.More than 200 constitution experts in Japan have joined a statement calling the legislation unconstitutional and demanding the Abe government scrap it. Japan’s Bar Association issued a similar statement Wednesday.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi at www.twitter.com/mariyamaguchi/Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories last_img read more

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pledge to the U.S. to increase Japan’s military contribution internationally is facing more questions about potential conflicts with the nation’s pacifist Constitution.Opposition lawmakers demanded answers from key Cabinet members at a hearing Wednesday, after three prominent constitution experts — including one chosen by Abe’s ruling party — unanimously told a parliamentary committee last week that legislation allowing Japanese troops to defend foreign militaries would violate the war-renouncing Article 9 of Japan’s postwar constitution. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The development energized the opposition, adding to unease within the ruling party as public opinion polls show both opposition to Abe’s security legislation and confusion about why it’s needed.It also raises questions about how far Japan can expand its military activities under its U.S.-drafted constitution, and whether it should be revised.Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner Komei party still hope to pass the legislation by the end of the summer as Abe has promised to Washington, but they acknowledged that extending the current lawmaking session beyond June 24 is imminent.“Obviously you drafted the legislation by manipulating the constitution to achieve your goals,” Kiyomi Tsujimoto, a member of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, told the lower house committee. She and other opponents demand the legislation be withdrawn, alleging Abe’s Cabinet stretched the interpretation of Article 9 too far to allow Japan’s military’s role beyond its constitutional limits.The Cabinet reinterpreted the constitution last year to allow Japan to defend American troops or allies, outside Japan and its vicinity, a major change to its current policy. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories center_img Comments   Share   The bills would remove geographic restrictions on where the military can operate, while allowing Japan to defend its allies, not just itself. The legislation would also enhance the U.S.-Japan security alliance, but Abe has denied opponents’ fears that it would increase the chance of Japan being drawn into a U.S.-led war. Instead, he said, the legislation would increase deterrence.Defense Secretary Gen Nakatani defended the legislation as constitutional but said the security environment surrounding Japan has changed and its self-defense-only principle is insufficient.Masataka Komura, head of LDP’s national security panel, said reinterpreting the war-renouncing article of the constitution was the only practical way for Japan to maintain peace and stability. He said most experts called Japan’s Self-Defense Force unconstitutional when it was founded 60 years ago. The ruling LDP has long hoped to revise the constitution which it calls U.S.-imposed and outdated, but hurdles are high and lack public support.Abe also focuses on Japan’s possible security contribution to the U.S. in the disputed South China Sea. Nakatani also stressed the need to protect Japanese tankers bringing oil from the Middle East to the resource-poor country. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Critics say what constitutes the right to use “collective self-defense” or when troops could be sent on a peace mission overseas is too vague.At a lower house constitution panel last Thursday, Yasuo Hasebe, one of Japan’s most respected constitution expert at Waseda University invited by Abe’s party, says the legislation deviates from past government positions and requires a formal revision of the constitution. Two other experts invited by the opposition said officials’ portrayal of new missions as risk-free, non-combative activity was misleading.More than 200 constitution experts in Japan have joined a statement calling the legislation unconstitutional and demanding the Abe government scrap it. Japan’s Bar Association issued a similar statement Wednesday.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi at www.twitter.com/mariyamaguchi/Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories last_img read more

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Senate halts for emotional salute to Charleston victims

18 Aug 2019

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Fighting back tears, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott on Wednesday led an emotional Senate salute to the nine churchgoers slain in a Charleston shooting last week and the families who almost immediately forgave the suspect.“What we saw from the nine families at last Friday’s bond hearing was simple, was powerful, and absolutely the best of who we are as Americans,” Scott told the Senate, pausing at one point to gather his composure. “We are absolutely united, and we are committed to replacing hate with love, pain with kindness and ill will and hostility with goodwill and comfort.” Top Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Check your body, save your life Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober With most members of the Senate gathered around him, Scott asked for nine seconds of silence to honor those slain. When he was through speaking, senators lined up to hug him.“We are Charleston. We are South Carolina. And, we are absolutely united,” Scott said.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., then stood and said the families’ response to the alleged gunman was a level of “love and understanding that can only come from some higher authority.”“I don’t have that within me,” Graham added. “I wish we could muster that kind of love for each other, just a little bit. What would America be like?”It was a rare display of emotion in the Senate, which unanimously approved a resolution condemning the slayings.Dylann Storm Roof, 21, was charged in the slayings of nine members of a Bible study group at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Authorities say the gunman stayed for nearly an hour at the prayer meeting June 17 before opening fire and killing six women and three men.At Roof’s bond hearing, family members said they forgave him and were praying for his soul.___Follow Laurie Kellman on Twitter http://twitter.com/APLaurieKellman New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Fighting back tears, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott on Wednesday led an emotional Senate salute to the nine churchgoers slain in a Charleston shooting last week and the families who almost immediately forgave the suspect.“What we saw from the nine families at last Friday’s bond hearing was simple, was powerful, and absolutely the best of who we are as Americans,” Scott told the Senate, pausing at one point to gather his composure. “We are absolutely united, and we are committed to replacing hate with love, pain with kindness and ill will and hostility with goodwill and comfort.” Top Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Check your body, save your life Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober With most members of the Senate gathered around him, Scott asked for nine seconds of silence to honor those slain. When he was through speaking, senators lined up to hug him.“We are Charleston. We are South Carolina. And, we are absolutely united,” Scott said.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., then stood and said the families’ response to the alleged gunman was a level of “love and understanding that can only come from some higher authority.”“I don’t have that within me,” Graham added. “I wish we could muster that kind of love for each other, just a little bit. What would America be like?”It was a rare display of emotion in the Senate, which unanimously approved a resolution condemning the slayings.Dylann Storm Roof, 21, was charged in the slayings of nine members of a Bible study group at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Authorities say the gunman stayed for nearly an hour at the prayer meeting June 17 before opening fire and killing six women and three men.At Roof’s bond hearing, family members said they forgave him and were praying for his soul.___Follow Laurie Kellman on Twitter http://twitter.com/APLaurieKellman New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

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North Korea gig fits well with iconic Slovenian bands image

18 Aug 2019

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “We will adjust and adapt our program to the Korean situation and audience,” Novak said. “We will perform a gentle version of Laibach,”____Jovana Gec contributed from Belgrade, Serbia; Kim, Tong-hyung and Kim, Hyung-jin contributed from Seoul, South Korea.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home CORRECTS NAME – In this Thursday, July 16, 2015 photo taken in Ljubljana, Slovenia, leader of Slovenian conceptual band ‘Laibach’ Ivan Novak talks to The Associated Press during an interview, in front of the band’s posters at an exhibition. The group has announced they will hold two concerts in Pyongyang next month. The tour will coincide with the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Korean peninsula’s liberation from Japanese colonization, and will include Laibach’s own music and popular Korean songs, band leader Novak said. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic) 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Novak said the band has always wanted to visit North Korea and remembers clearly the visit in 1977 to the country by then Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito. Novak rejected the possibility that the trip will amount to political support for the North Korean communist regime — viewed as an isolationist dictatorship in the West.“We never support the regime anywhere where we perform … but we do support the people who live there,” Novak said. He explained that the band has found inspiration for its art in North Korea’s “big stadium events, with their human pixels for instance.”“All Korea is practicing superb pop art. Superb,” he insisted. “From the point of view of art history, they should actually protect the whole country, they should put it in a museum of pop art.”Laibach concerts on Aug. 19-20 are planned for an audience of 1,000 each time. Several pop singers and bands from South Korea have performed in the north in the past, while British singer David Thomas Broughton has said he performed once for expats in North Korea. Laibach’s performance, however, will mark the first encounter with a visually charged band from the West. 0 Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — For a band inspired by art in totalitarian regimes, a gig in North Korea is a dream come true.Slovenia’s iconic Laibach — whose music is described as a mixture of industrial rock and Kraftwerk-style electronics, but which is also known for its controversial use of authoritarian imagery — has recently announced it will play two concerts in Pyongyang next month.The tour will coincide with the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Korean peninsula’s liberation from Japanese colonization, and will include Laibach’s own music as well as popular Korean songs, spokesman Ivan Novak told the Associated Press. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “Originally, we invited ourselves and then they invited us,” Novak said.Formed in 1980, when Slovenia was still part of Communist-run Yugoslavia, Laibach immediately stirred controversy with its name — German for Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana — and because it used a black cross as one of its symbols.This alone was enough for an official ban by the regime born out of anti-fascist struggle during World War II, which formally came into force in 1983 after Laibach locked the door of a concert hall and played the sound of a dog barking extremely loudly for almost half an hour.For the next few years, Laibach moved abroad. The group’s visual style included wearing military uniforms on stage and toying with Socialist-era imagery while playing almost martial-style songs, sung in a husky, deep voice.Despite being criticized as too dark, the band has always insisted that it is in fact exploring the relation between ideology, politics and art. One of its main slogans states that “art and totalitarianism do not exclude each other.”Over the years, Laibach has gained an important place on Slovenia’s art scene — the band’s retrospective currently is part of an exhibition of the Neue Slowenishe Kunst (New Slovenian Art) movement at the Modern Gallery in Ljubljana.last_img read more

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “We will adjust and adapt our program to the Korean situation and audience,” Novak said. “We will perform a gentle version of Laibach,”____Jovana Gec contributed from Belgrade, Serbia; Kim, Tong-hyung and Kim, Hyung-jin contributed from Seoul, South Korea.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home CORRECTS NAME – In this Thursday, July 16, 2015 photo taken in Ljubljana, Slovenia, leader of Slovenian conceptual band ‘Laibach’ Ivan Novak talks to The Associated Press during an interview, in front of the band’s posters at an exhibition. The group has announced they will hold two concerts in Pyongyang next month. The tour will coincide with the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Korean peninsula’s liberation from Japanese colonization, and will include Laibach’s own music and popular Korean songs, band leader Novak said. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic) 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Novak said the band has always wanted to visit North Korea and remembers clearly the visit in 1977 to the country by then Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito. Novak rejected the possibility that the trip will amount to political support for the North Korean communist regime — viewed as an isolationist dictatorship in the West.“We never support the regime anywhere where we perform … but we do support the people who live there,” Novak said. He explained that the band has found inspiration for its art in North Korea’s “big stadium events, with their human pixels for instance.”“All Korea is practicing superb pop art. Superb,” he insisted. “From the point of view of art history, they should actually protect the whole country, they should put it in a museum of pop art.”Laibach concerts on Aug. 19-20 are planned for an audience of 1,000 each time. Several pop singers and bands from South Korea have performed in the north in the past, while British singer David Thomas Broughton has said he performed once for expats in North Korea. Laibach’s performance, however, will mark the first encounter with a visually charged band from the West. 0 Comments   Share   Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — For a band inspired by art in totalitarian regimes, a gig in North Korea is a dream come true.Slovenia’s iconic Laibach — whose music is described as a mixture of industrial rock and Kraftwerk-style electronics, but which is also known for its controversial use of authoritarian imagery — has recently announced it will play two concerts in Pyongyang next month.The tour will coincide with the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Korean peninsula’s liberation from Japanese colonization, and will include Laibach’s own music as well as popular Korean songs, spokesman Ivan Novak told the Associated Press. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “Originally, we invited ourselves and then they invited us,” Novak said.Formed in 1980, when Slovenia was still part of Communist-run Yugoslavia, Laibach immediately stirred controversy with its name — German for Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana — and because it used a black cross as one of its symbols.This alone was enough for an official ban by the regime born out of anti-fascist struggle during World War II, which formally came into force in 1983 after Laibach locked the door of a concert hall and played the sound of a dog barking extremely loudly for almost half an hour.For the next few years, Laibach moved abroad. The group’s visual style included wearing military uniforms on stage and toying with Socialist-era imagery while playing almost martial-style songs, sung in a husky, deep voice.Despite being criticized as too dark, the band has always insisted that it is in fact exploring the relation between ideology, politics and art. One of its main slogans states that “art and totalitarianism do not exclude each other.”Over the years, Laibach has gained an important place on Slovenia’s art scene — the band’s retrospective currently is part of an exhibition of the Neue Slowenishe Kunst (New Slovenian Art) movement at the Modern Gallery in Ljubljana.last_img read more

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Obamas top initiative to aid Africa is now in jeopardy

18 Aug 2019

first_img Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Building power plants takes time, and Power Africa officials say it’s more instructive to look at deals closed rather than the number of power plants already built. In an annual report for Power Africa, the U.S. Agency for International Development said last July that 2,792 megawatts of electricity will be generated as a result of deals that have closed; that’s roughly one-a quarter of Obama’s goal.USAID also said Power Africa had leveraged more than $18 billion in private sector financing. It is not clear how much of that resulted directly from U.S. efforts.Power Africa declined to provide updated figures on how many megawatts will be created by deals that have closed. Officials said they are on track to meet Obama’s goal.Yet chronic power shortages and rolling blackouts continue to stymie development and make life harder for hundreds of millions of Africans. The president’s objective is to expand access to power to 20 million households and businesses through new gas, oil, solar, wind and other power plants.Vera Songwe, the West and Central Africa regional director for the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corp., said Obama’s program does not set out to fund all the continent’s energy needs, but rather spur the private sector’s interest in taking on that challenge. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The bank, denounced by conservative critics as corporate welfare, said it had several billion dollars of Power Africa projects in the pipeline. But none can move ahead unless lawmakers reauthorize the bank.For American companies, that could mean losing out to competitors such as China. Beijing is investing heavily in Africa and would be happy to see Chinese companies get the contracts to build and equip power plants in Africa.Andy Herscowitz, Power Africa’s coordinator, said companies with access to financing help from their governments have a competitive advantage.“There are plenty of investors interested in investing in Africa, and a lot of great ideas, but you’ve got to get to bankability,” Herscowitz said in an interview.For Obama, the snag illustrates how Power Africa, slow to get off the ground, may fall far short of his lofty ambitions. Two years after the president announced the program during a visit to South Africa, the program has yet to add any megawatts of electricity to Africa’s overburdened, underdeveloped grid.Obama may now find it harder to persuade African leaders that he has maximized his opportunity as America’s first black president to make African development a U.S. priority. Although this week’s trip to Kenya and Ethiopia will be Obama’s third to sub-Saharan Africa as president, his global agenda has focused chiefly on Asia and the Middle East. Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama returns to Africa this week, his major initiative to help the continent double access to electricity is in jeopardy, undermined by Congress.Of the $7 billion that Obama set aside for Power Africa, $5 billion fell under the auspices of the now-defunct Export-Import Bank, which guarantees loans to foreign companies buying U.S.-made products. Just $132 million in transactions had been approved before the bank’s charter expired last month, and now it cannot approve new ones. “Many of these U.S. companies are a bit shy about coming onto the continent. With Power Africa, there is a concerted effort by all the U.S. agencies to try to accompany U.S. businesses into Africa,” said Songwe, also a Brookings Institution scholar.The Export-Import Bank was an important part of that effort. Yet on June 30, the bank lapsed for the first time in its 81-year history.“Orders are on hold, business is in danger, potential expansions will stall, fewer employees will be hired if we do not get this done,” Obama said Wednesday, joined by executives of businesses aided by the bank.In the Senate, the bank’s supporters hope to add reauthorization to a must-pass highway bill. The Senate voted 62-36 on Tuesday to take up the bill, setting it up for likely passage next week.But the highway legislation may run into trouble. The House has passed its own, shorter highway bill that leaves out the Export-Import Bank, and House Republicans oppose the Senate bill.___Reach Josh Lederman on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joshledermanAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

first_img Sponsored Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Building power plants takes time, and Power Africa officials say it’s more instructive to look at deals closed rather than the number of power plants already built. In an annual report for Power Africa, the U.S. Agency for International Development said last July that 2,792 megawatts of electricity will be generated as a result of deals that have closed; that’s roughly one-a quarter of Obama’s goal.USAID also said Power Africa had leveraged more than $18 billion in private sector financing. It is not clear how much of that resulted directly from U.S. efforts.Power Africa declined to provide updated figures on how many megawatts will be created by deals that have closed. Officials said they are on track to meet Obama’s goal.Yet chronic power shortages and rolling blackouts continue to stymie development and make life harder for hundreds of millions of Africans. The president’s objective is to expand access to power to 20 million households and businesses through new gas, oil, solar, wind and other power plants.Vera Songwe, the West and Central Africa regional director for the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corp., said Obama’s program does not set out to fund all the continent’s energy needs, but rather spur the private sector’s interest in taking on that challenge. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The bank, denounced by conservative critics as corporate welfare, said it had several billion dollars of Power Africa projects in the pipeline. But none can move ahead unless lawmakers reauthorize the bank.For American companies, that could mean losing out to competitors such as China. Beijing is investing heavily in Africa and would be happy to see Chinese companies get the contracts to build and equip power plants in Africa.Andy Herscowitz, Power Africa’s coordinator, said companies with access to financing help from their governments have a competitive advantage.“There are plenty of investors interested in investing in Africa, and a lot of great ideas, but you’ve got to get to bankability,” Herscowitz said in an interview.For Obama, the snag illustrates how Power Africa, slow to get off the ground, may fall far short of his lofty ambitions. Two years after the president announced the program during a visit to South Africa, the program has yet to add any megawatts of electricity to Africa’s overburdened, underdeveloped grid.Obama may now find it harder to persuade African leaders that he has maximized his opportunity as America’s first black president to make African development a U.S. priority. Although this week’s trip to Kenya and Ethiopia will be Obama’s third to sub-Saharan Africa as president, his global agenda has focused chiefly on Asia and the Middle East. Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to home WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama returns to Africa this week, his major initiative to help the continent double access to electricity is in jeopardy, undermined by Congress.Of the $7 billion that Obama set aside for Power Africa, $5 billion fell under the auspices of the now-defunct Export-Import Bank, which guarantees loans to foreign companies buying U.S.-made products. Just $132 million in transactions had been approved before the bank’s charter expired last month, and now it cannot approve new ones. “Many of these U.S. companies are a bit shy about coming onto the continent. With Power Africa, there is a concerted effort by all the U.S. agencies to try to accompany U.S. businesses into Africa,” said Songwe, also a Brookings Institution scholar.The Export-Import Bank was an important part of that effort. Yet on June 30, the bank lapsed for the first time in its 81-year history.“Orders are on hold, business is in danger, potential expansions will stall, fewer employees will be hired if we do not get this done,” Obama said Wednesday, joined by executives of businesses aided by the bank.In the Senate, the bank’s supporters hope to add reauthorization to a must-pass highway bill. The Senate voted 62-36 on Tuesday to take up the bill, setting it up for likely passage next week.But the highway legislation may run into trouble. The House has passed its own, shorter highway bill that leaves out the Export-Import Bank, and House Republicans oppose the Senate bill.___Reach Josh Lederman on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joshledermanAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields

18 Aug 2019

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Following up on the outbreaks, U.S. and Mexican health authorities investigated 11 farms and packing houses in Puebla over the last three years. The FDA said it discovered “objectionable conditions” at eight of those firms, including five that were linked to the U.S. outbreaks. The FDA said the officials discovered the feces and toilet paper in fields and found that some of the farms had no running water or toilet facilities.The investigation also found dirty containers that had held cilantro and, at one firm, water that tested positive for the cyclospora parasite that caused the stomach illnesses.In its “import alert” issued Monday, the FDA said it suspects the contamination came from “contact with the parasite shed from the intestinal tract of humans” in the growing fields, contaminated water or harvesting, processing and packing activities.The ban will only affect certain shipments of fresh cilantro from Puebla from April through August, corresponding to the timing of the outbreaks. The summer ban will continue in future years unless a company can prove to health authorities that its product is safe.__Follow Mary Clare Jalonick on Twitter at http://twitter.com/mcjalonick Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 treatments for adult scoliosis WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there.The FDA announced the partial ban Monday after cilantro imported from the state of Puebla was linked to 2013 and 2014 outbreaks of stomach illnesses in the United States. The FDA said health authorities in Texas and Wisconsin also suspect cilantro from the region is responsible for more illnesses this year. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories Sponsored Stories last_img read more

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Following up on the outbreaks, U.S. and Mexican health authorities investigated 11 farms and packing houses in Puebla over the last three years. The FDA said it discovered “objectionable conditions” at eight of those firms, including five that were linked to the U.S. outbreaks. The FDA said the officials discovered the feces and toilet paper in fields and found that some of the farms had no running water or toilet facilities.The investigation also found dirty containers that had held cilantro and, at one firm, water that tested positive for the cyclospora parasite that caused the stomach illnesses.In its “import alert” issued Monday, the FDA said it suspects the contamination came from “contact with the parasite shed from the intestinal tract of humans” in the growing fields, contaminated water or harvesting, processing and packing activities.The ban will only affect certain shipments of fresh cilantro from Puebla from April through August, corresponding to the timing of the outbreaks. The summer ban will continue in future years unless a company can prove to health authorities that its product is safe.__Follow Mary Clare Jalonick on Twitter at http://twitter.com/mcjalonick Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 5 treatments for adult scoliosis WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there.The FDA announced the partial ban Monday after cilantro imported from the state of Puebla was linked to 2013 and 2014 outbreaks of stomach illnesses in the United States. The FDA said health authorities in Texas and Wisconsin also suspect cilantro from the region is responsible for more illnesses this year. Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Tourism Australia plans to double overnight spend by 2020

17 Aug 2019

first_imgTourism Australia unveiled ambitious plans to double the country’s overnight expenditure by 2020, from $70 billion to $140 billion, at the inaugural Australian Tourism Directions Conference in Canberra yesterday. Tourism Australia Managing Director, Andrew McEvoy outlined the details of the plan, which has been named the 2020 Tourism Industry Potential.  “Over the past decade global tourism has become much more competitive and this is affecting Australia’s share of the worldwide tourism market,” Mr McEvoy said.“For Australian tourism to remain competitive we need to take a big picture approach that sees the industry focus on where it wants to be in the next decade. “The 2020 Tourism Industry Potential is a rallying call to the Australian tourism industry and all levels of government to focus on increasing the returns generated by tourism.“Through a shared common goal for Australian tourism we aim to grow overnight expenditure to as much as $140 billion by 2020, and with domestic day trips included to as much as $160 billion,” Mr McEvoy said.“Our focus will be to continue to build demand for Australia’s tourism experience by focussing on a global consumer who is predisposed to Australia and spends more, and also working with industry to ensure investment and quality in products and experiences to meet their needs,” Mr McEvoy said.“It will also mean strengthening aviation partnerships and continuing with a global markets strategy which also recognises the growing importance of the China market.”Under the Tourism Industry Potential, Australia’s tourism industry would have 40,000 and 70,000 rooms (at 75% occupancy rates) for the accommodation sector by 2020. The country’s aviation capacity would experience a surge of between 40 and 50 per cent for the international market and between 23 per cent and 30 per cent for the domestic market. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

first_imgTourism Australia unveiled ambitious plans to double the country’s overnight expenditure by 2020, from $70 billion to $140 billion, at the inaugural Australian Tourism Directions Conference in Canberra yesterday. Tourism Australia Managing Director, Andrew McEvoy outlined the details of the plan, which has been named the 2020 Tourism Industry Potential.  “Over the past decade global tourism has become much more competitive and this is affecting Australia’s share of the worldwide tourism market,” Mr McEvoy said.“For Australian tourism to remain competitive we need to take a big picture approach that sees the industry focus on where it wants to be in the next decade. “The 2020 Tourism Industry Potential is a rallying call to the Australian tourism industry and all levels of government to focus on increasing the returns generated by tourism.“Through a shared common goal for Australian tourism we aim to grow overnight expenditure to as much as $140 billion by 2020, and with domestic day trips included to as much as $160 billion,” Mr McEvoy said.“Our focus will be to continue to build demand for Australia’s tourism experience by focussing on a global consumer who is predisposed to Australia and spends more, and also working with industry to ensure investment and quality in products and experiences to meet their needs,” Mr McEvoy said.“It will also mean strengthening aviation partnerships and continuing with a global markets strategy which also recognises the growing importance of the China market.”Under the Tourism Industry Potential, Australia’s tourism industry would have 40,000 and 70,000 rooms (at 75% occupancy rates) for the accommodation sector by 2020. The country’s aviation capacity would experience a surge of between 40 and 50 per cent for the international market and between 23 per cent and 30 per cent for the domestic market. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

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Canberra lands Chilean miners capsule

17 Aug 2019

first_imgSilvana Gattini (Trade Commission of Chile), Pedro Pablo Diaz (Ambassador of Chile) Ambassador Diaz with the capsule in Canberra The Latin American Plaza in Canberra will permanently house one of the seven Phoenix capsules that safely rescued 33 men from a Chilean mine last year. Informally presented today by the Ambassador of Chile in Australia, Pedro Pablo Diaz, to members of GRULAC, the Diplomatic Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries, the capsule was one of the enduring images of 2010.Speaking exclusively to e-Travel Blackboard at the Argentina and Chile Australian Sales Mission in Sydney, Ambassador Diaz said the capsule was “a tribute to the Chilean nation”.“We don’t want this [the mining accident] to happen again – anywhere in the world,” Mr Diaz remarked.As well as boosting visitor numbers to Canberra, the Ambassador hopes the capsule will encourage more Australians to visit his homeland.“We had 34,000 visitors from Australia last year … but we hope even more Australians will go to Chile now,” Mr Diaz said.“It is only 13 hours to cross this big lake called the Pacific Ocean.”   In his address to attendees of the event, Mr Diaz called Australia “certainly one of the strategic markets” for Chile and one that would be boosted by the announcement of Qantas’ non-stop flights to Santiago next year.The official launch of the Phoenix capsule will be held in the coming weeks. center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

first_imgSilvana Gattini (Trade Commission of Chile), Pedro Pablo Diaz (Ambassador of Chile) Ambassador Diaz with the capsule in Canberra The Latin American Plaza in Canberra will permanently house one of the seven Phoenix capsules that safely rescued 33 men from a Chilean mine last year. Informally presented today by the Ambassador of Chile in Australia, Pedro Pablo Diaz, to members of GRULAC, the Diplomatic Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries, the capsule was one of the enduring images of 2010.Speaking exclusively to e-Travel Blackboard at the Argentina and Chile Australian Sales Mission in Sydney, Ambassador Diaz said the capsule was “a tribute to the Chilean nation”.“We don’t want this [the mining accident] to happen again – anywhere in the world,” Mr Diaz remarked.As well as boosting visitor numbers to Canberra, the Ambassador hopes the capsule will encourage more Australians to visit his homeland.“We had 34,000 visitors from Australia last year … but we hope even more Australians will go to Chile now,” Mr Diaz said.“It is only 13 hours to cross this big lake called the Pacific Ocean.”   In his address to attendees of the event, Mr Diaz called Australia “certainly one of the strategic markets” for Chile and one that would be boosted by the announcement of Qantas’ non-stop flights to Santiago next year.The official launch of the Phoenix capsule will be held in the coming weeks. center_img Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

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Industry recognises Quests instrumental role in the development of to

17 Aug 2019

first_imgSource = Quest Quest Serviced Apartments was awarded the Innovators Award at the Australia New Zealand Pacific Hotel Investment Conference (ANZPHIC) today, in recognition of the company’s long term leading role in driving the sustainable growth of the serviced apartments market. The award is the first of its kind, specifically acknowledging the success of the Quest business model in the accommodation industry. The model caters for the extended stay business traveller with flexible, spacious and comfortable serviced apartment accommodation, delivers sustainable rent to developers and landlords, meets the requirements of financiers and provides profitable businesses for franchisees. On accepting the award at ANZPHIC, Quest Serviced Apartments Chairman Paul Constantinou said “we have positioned ourselves as a market leader, establishing a serviced apartments sector that now represents 25% of Australia’s accommodation market, up from 10% in 1999”.“Over the past 24 years, the Quest Group has grown to over 140 properties throughout Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Our focus is the corporate traveller market, accountingfor 80% of guests across our network. One of the key components of our strategy is to respond to the location and accommodation requirements of the business traveller, following the new development corridors of major cities, suburban growth centres and regional hubs.” Mr Constantinou said.In the next four months alone, four new properties will open, in Bundoora (Vic) in August, Whyalla (SA) in September, Sydney Olympic Park (NSW) in October and Albion (QLD) in November. ANZPHIC is the leading industry conference, focusing on the development and investment of the hotel industry across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacificlast_img read more

first_imgSource = Quest Quest Serviced Apartments was awarded the Innovators Award at the Australia New Zealand Pacific Hotel Investment Conference (ANZPHIC) today, in recognition of the company’s long term leading role in driving the sustainable growth of the serviced apartments market. The award is the first of its kind, specifically acknowledging the success of the Quest business model in the accommodation industry. The model caters for the extended stay business traveller with flexible, spacious and comfortable serviced apartment accommodation, delivers sustainable rent to developers and landlords, meets the requirements of financiers and provides profitable businesses for franchisees. On accepting the award at ANZPHIC, Quest Serviced Apartments Chairman Paul Constantinou said “we have positioned ourselves as a market leader, establishing a serviced apartments sector that now represents 25% of Australia’s accommodation market, up from 10% in 1999”.“Over the past 24 years, the Quest Group has grown to over 140 properties throughout Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Our focus is the corporate traveller market, accountingfor 80% of guests across our network. One of the key components of our strategy is to respond to the location and accommodation requirements of the business traveller, following the new development corridors of major cities, suburban growth centres and regional hubs.” Mr Constantinou said.In the next four months alone, four new properties will open, in Bundoora (Vic) in August, Whyalla (SA) in September, Sydney Olympic Park (NSW) in October and Albion (QLD) in November. ANZPHIC is the leading industry conference, focusing on the development and investment of the hotel industry across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacificlast_img read more

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Qantas woos premium flyers with extra Club space

17 Aug 2019

first_imgExtra space will include more work areas, bar and meals space and amenities such as high speed Wi-Fi. Image: Group Technologies Australia Upping its domestic business game, Qantas has announced an expansion to its Qantas Club at Perth Airport to meet growing demand for premium air travel.Commencing preliminary work next week and expected to open to customers from February 2013, the 400 square metre expansion will be located directly below the existing lounge, between gates 13 and 14 in Terminal 4. As well as comfortable seating to cater to an additional 140 customers, the extra space will include more work areas, bar and meals space and amenities such as high speed Wi-Fi.  “We have seen a significant increase in passengers over the past couple of years in Perth, due largely to the mining and resources sectors, and we have outgrown the existing Qantas Club,” Qantas domestic executive manager customer experience Samantha Taranto said. Late last month, Qantas also unveiled new Kate Spade designed amenity packs for premium customers on its international services.Click here for more information. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

first_imgExtra space will include more work areas, bar and meals space and amenities such as high speed Wi-Fi. Image: Group Technologies Australia Upping its domestic business game, Qantas has announced an expansion to its Qantas Club at Perth Airport to meet growing demand for premium air travel.Commencing preliminary work next week and expected to open to customers from February 2013, the 400 square metre expansion will be located directly below the existing lounge, between gates 13 and 14 in Terminal 4. As well as comfortable seating to cater to an additional 140 customers, the extra space will include more work areas, bar and meals space and amenities such as high speed Wi-Fi.  “We have seen a significant increase in passengers over the past couple of years in Perth, due largely to the mining and resources sectors, and we have outgrown the existing Qantas Club,” Qantas domestic executive manager customer experience Samantha Taranto said. Late last month, Qantas also unveiled new Kate Spade designed amenity packs for premium customers on its international services.Click here for more information. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Qantas loyalty members to redeem points on Jetstar flights

17 Aug 2019

first_imgQantas adds new Jetstar options for loyalty members. Qantas Frequent Flyer program has unveiled a new Classic Award points option, which allows its members to redeem their points on Jetstar flights at a 20 percent discount.The expansion is available on up to 20 new Jetstar Classic Award destinations across Asia through the Jetstar Japan and Jetstar Asia networks, with seat redemptions starting from 6,400 points (excluding taxes, fees and carrier charges).Qantas Loyalty chief executive Lesley Grant said changes are in response to member demand, asking for better redemption options, while adding extra destinations through Jetstar’s growing network across Asia.“Redeeming Classic Award flights on Jetstar now requires 20 percent fewer points and like-for-like, we believe it is the lowest points proposition for this product offered by any Australian loyalty program,” Ms Grant said.The announcement comes after Qantas Loyalty unveiled its new Frequent Flyer prepaid card, Qantas Cash, in February this year.  Click here for more information.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

first_imgQantas adds new Jetstar options for loyalty members. Qantas Frequent Flyer program has unveiled a new Classic Award points option, which allows its members to redeem their points on Jetstar flights at a 20 percent discount.The expansion is available on up to 20 new Jetstar Classic Award destinations across Asia through the Jetstar Japan and Jetstar Asia networks, with seat redemptions starting from 6,400 points (excluding taxes, fees and carrier charges).Qantas Loyalty chief executive Lesley Grant said changes are in response to member demand, asking for better redemption options, while adding extra destinations through Jetstar’s growing network across Asia.“Redeeming Classic Award flights on Jetstar now requires 20 percent fewer points and like-for-like, we believe it is the lowest points proposition for this product offered by any Australian loyalty program,” Ms Grant said.The announcement comes after Qantas Loyalty unveiled its new Frequent Flyer prepaid card, Qantas Cash, in February this year.  Click here for more information.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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SIA new campaign new focus

17 Aug 2019

first_imgThe airline’s latest advertising campaign – ‘The Lengths We Go To’ – still features the classic flight attendant, however, the new promotion centres on the concept of understanding customer needs. “We know that every Singapore Girl is seen as an icon and with this campaign, we are taking a fresh approach,” Singapore Airlines acting senior vice-president sales and marketing Chin Yau Seng said. The first of four new ads, filmed in Fujian, China, was released this week and can be seen below. “If you love Jasmine tea from China, we cover the distance to get that to you; if you like arthouse films, we go all the way to Venice and bring those films back on-board for our in-flight entertainment system; we travel to Scotland for soft leather, so you can lounge and enjoy the flight.” Focus has been shifted from the ‘Singapore Girl’. “As an airline we go to the trouble to get you the very best of what home is to you,” Singapore Airlines marketing communications manager Mabel Lee said. Singapore Airlines has revealed its new marketing campaign, opting for a “more relevant and contemporary” approach, shifting focus away from the iconic Singapore Girl. The airline posted a short video on its Facebook page, providing viewers a sneak preview of what customers can expect and the work that has been put into constructing the global campaign. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

first_imgThe airline’s latest advertising campaign – ‘The Lengths We Go To’ – still features the classic flight attendant, however, the new promotion centres on the concept of understanding customer needs. “We know that every Singapore Girl is seen as an icon and with this campaign, we are taking a fresh approach,” Singapore Airlines acting senior vice-president sales and marketing Chin Yau Seng said. The first of four new ads, filmed in Fujian, China, was released this week and can be seen below. “If you love Jasmine tea from China, we cover the distance to get that to you; if you like arthouse films, we go all the way to Venice and bring those films back on-board for our in-flight entertainment system; we travel to Scotland for soft leather, so you can lounge and enjoy the flight.” Focus has been shifted from the ‘Singapore Girl’. “As an airline we go to the trouble to get you the very best of what home is to you,” Singapore Airlines marketing communications manager Mabel Lee said. Singapore Airlines has revealed its new marketing campaign, opting for a “more relevant and contemporary” approach, shifting focus away from the iconic Singapore Girl. The airline posted a short video on its Facebook page, providing viewers a sneak preview of what customers can expect and the work that has been put into constructing the global campaign. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

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